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Local runners recall 2013 bombings as marathon trial opens in Boston

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Emily Hoover was one of the lucky ones. Nearly two years ago, she was running through mile 19 of the Boston Marathon when two bombs detonated near the finish line, killing three and seriously injuring more than 260. Hoover wasn’t injured, and her parents, who should have been waiting on Boylston Street, were miraculously delayed. But she can appreciate yesterday’s significance just the same. As a media frenzy swarmed in …

‘It WAS him’: Defense admits Tsarnaev bombed Boston Marathon

Thursday, March 5, 2015

The question, for all practical purposes, is no longer whether Dzhokhar Tsarnaev took part in the Boston Marathon bombing. It’s whether he deserves to die for it. In a blunt opening statement at the nation’s biggest terrorism trial in nearly 20 years, Tsarnaev’s own lawyer flatly told a jury that the 21-year-old former …

U.S. clears officer in Ferguson case, criticizes police force

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The Justice Department cleared a white former Ferguson, Mo., police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old yesterday, but also issued a scathing report calling for sweeping changes in city law enforcement practices it called discriminatory and unconstitutional. The dual reports marked the culmination of months-long federal investigations into a …

Newport ends backup ambulance service

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Officials in Newport, New Hampshire, say they need to focus on their own residents first when it comes to ambulance service. The Valley News reports (http://bit.ly/1ajteDD) that starting June 30, Newport will no longer provide backup ambulance service to Lempster, New London, Newbury, Springfield, Grantham and half of …

Video shows Aaron Hernandez fiancee’s removing box from home

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Prosecutors in the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez yesterday played video surveillance that showed his fiancee removing a trash bag from the home and putting it in a car the day after the …

Belmont family displaced after mobile home burns

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A Belmont family is safe but homeless after a fire tore through their mobile home last night at 58 Perkins Rd. Firefighters responded shortly before 9 p.m. and were able to contain the damage to the rear of …

Body found outside Concord Walmart identified as 29-year-old homeless mother

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Concord police have identified the person found dead Friday morning in the Wal-Mart parking lot as Maura Laughlin, a 29-year-old mother who was recently homeless. Detective Sean Ford said the cause of death is still unknown, but that “nothing appears to be suspicious.” An autopsy was being conducted …

Beloved K-9 gets police escort to be euthanized at Maine clinic

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A beloved K-9 suffering from seizures and arthritis received a final salute and a police escort, with lights flashing, to the Maine vet clinic where he was euthanized. Dozens of officers and firefighters turned out this month to …

Canada: Oil train accident shows new safety rules inadequate

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A fiery oil train derailment in Ontario this month suggests new safety requirements for tank cars carrying flammable liquids are inadequate, Canada’s transport safety board announced yesterday. The accident was the latest in a spate of fiery derailments …

AP Exclusive: Fuel-hauling trains could derail at 10 a year

Sunday, February 22, 2015

The federal government predicts that trains hauling crude oil or ethanol will derail an average of 10 times a year over the next two decades, causing more than $4 billion in damage and possibly killing hundreds of people …

Ferry sinks in central Bangladesh, killing at least 48

Sunday, February 22, 2015

A river ferry carrying up to 140 passengers capsized in central Bangladesh yesterday after being hit by a cargo vessel, killing at least 48 people, officials said. A rescue operation was under way, but it was not clear …

Alabama woman set for trial in granddaughter’s running death

Sunday, February 22, 2015

A prosecutor calls Joyce Hardin Garrard the “drill sergeant from hell,” a woman so mean she made her 9-year-old granddaughter run until the girl collapsed and died, all as punishment for lying about candy. In court, the 59-year-old …

Concord: Discover the ‘glamour’ of police work

Sunday, February 22, 2015

No, you won’t be able to arrest anyone, but you still could learn a lot about police work. The Concord Police Department is once again offering its Citizens Police Academy. Participants will tour the station and learn about everything from field training to Tasers and use of force …